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Conventional meat in the United States is treated with antibiotics and hormones. The antibiotics given are necessary in order to counter the unsanitary conditions and brutal treatment they are subjected to before they are slaughtered (See factory farming.) Sadly, these chemicals are still present when you purchase meat at your typical supermarket.
In addition to antibiotics and synthetic hormones, your meat is laced with pesticides too. This comes about because beef is fed grain.
A much healthier alternative is grass-fed, free-ranged meat.
See the table below for the nutrients you will find in several different types of grass-fed animal meat.
|Based on 3-1/2 oz.||Buffalo||Beef||Pork||Venison|
|sat. fat (g)||0.9||7.58||5.33||1.24|
|monounsaturated fat (g)||0.94||8.29||6.46||0.87|
|polyunsaturated fat (g)||0.24||0.74||1.2||0.62|
Conventional meat is fed grain. This is not what they were created by God to eat. Your typical red meat was created to eat grass; they should be grass-fed, not grain-fed. Grass-fed meat contains less calories and less saturated fat than their grain-fed counterparts.
Grass-fed beef has 2 to 10 times the amount of omega-3s than grain-fed beef. Omega-3 fatty acids, an essential fatty acid, is lacking in quantity in the American diet. It is overwhelmed by another essential fatty acid--omega-6. Grain is predominately omega-6.
Grass-fed beef has also 2 to 5 times the quantity of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) that grain-fed has. CLA supports cardiovascular function and lean body mass (muscle.) Studies reveal that with women with the highest levels of CLA have a 60 to 74 percent reduced risk of developing breast cancer than women with low levels.
Did you realize that organ meats such as the liver, heart, and kidneys contain the most nutrients? Predatory animals in the wild will instinctively target their prey's organs. Look at the following table for the nutrients in organ meat.
|B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12||iron|
In addition, organ meats are loaded with EPA and DHA omega-3s, CLA, amino acids, and co-enzyme Q10.
If you are a vegetarian going back to eating meat (as I did,) take it easy. It can take up to a week for your body's enzymes to build back up again.Healthy living > Index > Grass fed